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Why We Do What We Do

The primary purpose of the Toccoa Lions Club is to help the people of Toccoa and Stephens County with vision, hearing and diabetes health care. We do this by public awareness campaigns and by assisting people who cannot afford health care in these areas. We have several programs to accomplish these goals.

Georgia Lighthouse Sight Conservation Program

Toccoa Lions present a check to Georgia LighthouseOur most important program is Sight/Hearing Conservation. This program includes free sight and hearing screening and financial aid for eye examinations & eye glasses to those people who cannot afford these health items. We also refer people with more complex eye & hearing health issues to the Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind.

The Open Arms Clinic

presentation of a check to the open arms clinicOur next most critical program is financial support for the Open Arms Clinic. This is a free clinic for residents that cannot afford health care. Members of the Toccoa Lions Club were instrumental in forming the Open Arms Clinic. All medical services done by the Open Arms Clinic are performed by medical professionals on a volunteer basis.

Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation

The final major program is support of the Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind. This organization provides vision & hearing services for residents of Georgia. The Georgia Lighthouse Foundation provides more complex eye & hearing care and is another source for help. They also allow the Toccoa Lions Club to purchase glasses at a deep discount, which allow the Toccoa Lions Club to help more residents. If you would like more information on the Georgia Lighthouse, please visit them at

The Chilly Open Golf Tournament

The Chilly Open Golf Tournament is one of several events that the Toccoa Lions Club uses to raise money for its community service activities. All money raised from the public go towards our community service activities. Administrative and overhead expenses must come from money paid by members for such items as member dues.

2011 - 2012 The Toccoa Lions Year In Review

During the course of the year, the Toccoa Lions Club lives out their ideals by providing services to the local community. These services range from providing eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them to sending visually challenged kids to camp.

This has been one of our most successful years serving the citizens of Toccoa Georgia. Our club is flourishing, Our projects are providing more assistance than ever before, and we have a great sense of accomplishmwnt as we move forward in our goal to make the world a better place one life at a time. This is a great time to join the Toccoa Lions Club!

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How The Lions Club StartedMelvin Jones founder of the Lions Club

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle f Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.  Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.

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Welcome To The Toccoa Lions Club

We are currently celebrating 81 years of service to Toccoa!  We enthusiastically invite you to join us as we extend our service to the community in the hopes of improving the lives of our fellow man.

City of Toccoa & Stephens County Declare June 7th as Lions Clubs Day

In separate sessions, the Toccoa City Council & the Stephens County Commissioners issued Proclamations Declaring June 7th as Lions Clubs Day for the city of Toccoa & Stephens County.
They also shared some personal experiences with Lions and encouraged the Toccoa Lions to continue their Heritage of Service.

Toccoa Lions Club Adds A New Mascot

The Toccoa Lions have added a new mascot. Pictured below is Seemore the Lion with Smucky, our new Mascot.Image of new lion mascot

The Toccoa Lions also have a costumed mascot named Roary. Seemore the Lion got his name because Lions help people see more. Roary got his name because Lions Roar, Roar, Roar.

We are not sure how Lion Dale came up with the name Smucky but he seems to be a “Mini-Me” to Seemore the Lion.

Smucky came to us from the gift shop at Leader Dog School for the Blind while Lion Bill was in training.

Toccoa Lions receive several awards at the 2014 GA Lions State Convention

This was a great year for the Toccoa Lions Club. Not because of any awards our members or club won but because we helped a lot of people and had a lot of FUN doing it. We are eagerly looking forward to next Lion Year where we can continue our Heritage of Service.

Toccoa Lion “Leaps for Literacy” in Cold (burr….) Lake Louise

Toccoa Lion, Beverly Vanderhoef participated in the 8th Annual “Leap for Literacy”. She was sponsored by the Stephens County Eye Clinic and the Toccoa Lions Club. Not only did Lion Beverly help raise money for children literacy, she did it in style. Beverly DivingYou will notice from the photo, no insulated outfits are allowed. Pictures include Lion Beverly making her leap and a picture of a dry Lion Beverly. Beverly Dry
Below is some information from the “Leap for Literacy” brochure.
Come be part of Stephens County’s wildest, craziest & most invigorating fundraiser! Leapers and Spectators WELCOME!

Proceeds benefit: Family Connection & Communities In School Read at Home program and Stephens Education Literacy Foundation. These programs positively impact our community by encouraging children to dream and learn through reading, promote parent involvement and provide linkage to adult education.

Mixing Metaphors You can teach an old Lion new Tricks or A Lion in a Leader Dog Winter Wonder Land!

Because of several recent dangerous walking situations, Toccoa Lion Bill Graham realized he needed to upgrade his orientation and mobility skills using a white cane. Bill at Leader Dog SchoolHe did some research and found the best place for him to do this was at he Leader Dog for the Blind. Lion Bill relates, “this was a great experience for me. I learned a lot of new skills and I met a lot of great people, many of them fellow Lions. I just can’t say enough good things about the Instructors and Staff at Leader Dog, they are absolutely fabulous. Read More

Toccoa Lions Club Earns Club Excellence Award for Lion Year 2012/2013

The Club Excellence Award is earned by having at least 3 service projects, 3 fundraising events and having a net growth in membership of at least one member. Zone Chair Bill noted that many clubs who earn the award do not submit the application for the Club Excellence Award and thus do not receive the award they earned. Zone Chair Bill said, “I believe it is important for Lions Clubs to let their community and other Lions Clubs know they are living the Lions Motto of “WE SERVE” by earning and applying for awards such as the Club Excellence Award.”

You Can Now Donate To The Toccoa Lions Online

Thanks to you, the Toccoa Lions Club has provided for the needs of members of our community for many years. Each year the challenges become greater. We are ready to stand in the gap and with your generosity together we will better the lives of the people we encounter. Please consider donating to the Toccoa Lions Club.

Apply For Toccoa Lions Eye Glass Program

The Toccoa Lions Club is making it easier for you to apply for the Toccoa Lions Club Sight Conservation Eye Glass Program If you are in need of eyeglasses, an eye exam, or a diabetes screening, and cannot afford these items, help is now at your fingertips.
Simply click the link below and you will have access to an application form.

The application form contains the qualification criteria and the procedures to submit the application form. If you still have questions after reading the application form you may send questions or comments to

Application forms must be submitted in person, we cannot not take email or U.S. Postal mail submissions.
Your application will be reviewed and you will be advised of your status.

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